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>> pelley: tonight, a homecoming of patriots. the state department's dead are honored by the president as the violence that killed them spreads. s. the people of egypt, libya, >> tator ford tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. >> charlie y: reports from nancy cordes, charlie d'agata, and b schieffeiams. ead in teffer with our new poll e house.who's ahead in the race for the white house. a l candid interview, president obama says he's lost a lot being ircumstat. force oomp, the circumstance, the title, the air force one, all that stuff probably isn't ley: bute sacrifice. >> pelley: but he tells us the one thing that makes the sacrifice worth it. who seeve hartman "on the road"
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with a chef who serves up a generous portion of kindness. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs eveni this is the "cbs evening news" elley: gott pelley. "patrioty: good evening, "patriots" is the word president obama used to describe the four americans killed in libya as their flag-draped caskets e clinto home late today. the president, secretary of state clinton, and defense secretary panetta were among outs those at joint base andrews outside washington to honor the first u.s. ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years. a state department information officer and two former navy seals who had been the ambassador's security detail. iny were killed tuesday in that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. sprey anti-american violence rkread throughout the muslim
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world, all of it sparked by a once-obscure internet film that ridicules the prophet mohammed. the film was produced in the united states. we're going to go first to nancy cordes with the return of the reporan dead. >> reporter: the remains of the u. u.s. ambassador to libya and nd into hers were carried off a military plane and into a hangar where the president and other dignitaries, state department liaffers, and the victims' families waited. rye families had met privately with the president and secretary of state before the ceremony. >> this has been a difficult week for the state department and for our country. >> reporter: an emotional secretary clinton paid tribute to each man in turn. >> sean smith joined the state department after six years in the air force. ne-- speoods-- known to most as
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rone-- spent two decades as a navy seal, serving multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. glen doherty-- who went by ic.b"-- was also a former seal and an experienced paramedic. d- reporter: she saved for last yan ambassador she had hand- selected to help the libyan >> i w build a new government. hris steveonored to know was knoor chris stevens. he was known not only for his courage but for his smile-- goofy but contagious. for for his sense of fun and that california cool. >> rep >> reporter: mrs. clinton condemned the ongoing violence outside u.s. embassies in the , libya,orld. >> the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob.
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>> >> reporter: president obama selled the four victims "patriots who refused to back down in the face of danger." >> to you, their families and colleagues, to all americans, be forhis: their sacrifice will never be forgotten. we will bring to justice those who took them from us. rains orter: then, to the l," the of "america the oaded ful," the four sets of remains were loaded into hearses to be flown to delaware's dover t dobase. after forensic testing at dover, the four victims will be laid to rest in their hometowns. among them, they leave behind five children and a diplomatic comm ournunity of thousands that is
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still in mourning tonight. scott. >> pelley: secretary clinton iffe said "we will wipe away our tears and stiffen our spines." nancy, thank you very much. today is the muslim sabbath, and in 23 countries, anger over that internet movie spread from mosques and out into the streets. in sudan, at least three people were killed when protesters descended on the u.s. and german embassies. the mob broke down a wall, but was forced out by riot police. in tunisia, several thousand marched on the u.s. embassy. they set fires outside. some briefly got inside the compound and burned the american flag. police battled back. at least two protesters were killed. one protester was also killed today in egypt, and holly >> repms is in cairo. >> reporter: the egyptian police were ready for trouble today. arrier, bloca ten-foot-high concrete barrier, blocking the
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path to the u.s. embassy. we went to friday prayers at this mosque where the imam spoke much the film that's provoked so much outrage. "they made it to create bad blood between muslims and "we shouns," he said. "we should take this matter to the united nations." many people here are still angry about the film, but the demonstrations in cairo were much smaller than feared. the muslim brotherhood, the islamist group that came to power last year, had called for large protests, but today they called them off and held an uneventful march on tahrir square, the birthplace of the egyptian revolution. now that the muslim brotherhood is running the government, they don't like chaotic demonstrations. one of the slogans that we've uslim people chanting here today is the word "peaceful." don' the sptians look to the u.s. for aid and investment, they is know that violent protests are
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damaging. this morning, the country's president, mohammed morsi, condemned attacks against foreign diplomats and said that tectims have a duty to protect embassies. not everyone in egypt agrees he road . on the road that leads to the ones at thsy, a few dozen young men threw stones at the riot police brought in to control them. but today an overwhelming orth tak of egyptians decided it wasn't worth taking to the streets over an offensive film. ing usley: holly williams is eful tahus over a relatively middeful tahrir square in the did t of cairo. ood callhy did the muslim brotherhood call off these orter: wations? and therter: well, both president obama and the have hay of defense, leon nversati have had telephone rtnversations with their t thtian counterparts, and we know that they've discussed embassy security. but also, the muslim brotherhood iolenc politically naive. they know that violence looks and be and because they're islamists, they c they can say to their
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su supporters, "we know that you're ork."; we're angry, too, but ley: qce won't work." >> pelley: quieter in cairo at thanks r now. holly, thanks very much. correspondent charlie d'agata is in benghazi, libya, where the i,bassador and the other americans died. he is learning more now about oday mohr killers might be. >> reporter: today mohammed magarief, the president of libya's national congress, visited the crime scene to have a look around. eople beonfident that the men behind this, the people behind this, will be caught? akes yinitely. >> reporter: why, what makes you so confident? >> sooner or later, because everyone is determined to. nd the attr: it's still unclear who's behind the attacks but a radical islamic group, ansar al sharia, is considered a top suspect. the group is well known and based in benghazi, emerging after the fall of former dictator moammar qaddafi. bu but libya's deputy interior minister said he's looking at a number of different groups.
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>> ( translated ): i met members e in per al sharia that night. they came to me in person and denied all involvement. >> >> reporter: that same night. and do you believe them? he told us he'd need stronger evidence before placing blame. people had automatic weapons, r.p.g.s, they're wearing flak jack jackets, this is an organized militant group. nhis is not something you can you tify? you don't know who is responsible? "there are weapons in every house," he told us, "even r.p.g.s. ha arving weapons doesn't mean you're part of a militia." he told us the consulate has finally been closed off to protect the scene. later that day, scott, we were approached by a senior libyan security officer who was on duty heat night. he handed us a piece of paper ct in hat he said was the name of a chief suspect in the attack. he s he said that ansar al sharia was men wesible. he said 17 of his men were
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d theyd in a fire fight that night and he said they simply weren't prepared for such a sayssticated attack. ophistley: and when he says "sophisticated attack," charlie, what are we talking about? >> reporter: well, he described off the attackers came and closed off the roads in many vehicles. they were also armed with machine guns and rocket- propelled grenades and they all struck at once. theirey were able to get inside attaembassy and launch their attacks with other demonstrators who had also gotten into the .onsulate. t know wy: thanks, charlie. rw, we don't know whether this is related to the muslim protests, but we are getting een killedthat two united states marines have been killed after aliban militants attacked the main allied base in southern ban breatan. p leathernn breached the perimeter of camp leatherneck and fired rocket-propelled grenades. io is 53 days before election day. mes" pola new cbs news/"new york times" poll shows just how close
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the presidential race is. 4 the people who told us they presidenty to vote, 49% said they favor president obama, 46% mitt romney. and that three-point spread is well within the poll's margin of error. and this caught our eye: the portion of all americans-- voters or not-- who say that the country is headed in the right m 31% ion. that has increased from 31% last lf, 54%, bel now. more than half, 54%, believe we're still headed in the wrong schieffen. bob schieffer is our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." and, bob, what do you make of these numbers? thin >> schieffer: well, scott, two that . first, that 40% really jumps out. that is the largest number of teople who have thought the country's headed in the right direction in over three years. it's s it's still not a majority but it goes without saying that the try is hple who think the it is for headed in the right
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e presidn the better it is for the president, any president. the second thing, the best help s message that he is s seeme who can best help the middle-class does seem to be getting through. a majority in this poll, 54%, said the president would do more to help the middle-class while ored the rhat mitt romney's while u favored the rich. on, butill a while until the ave to s, but you put all that together and you have to say this is some of the best polling news that the president has seen in quite a while. >> p >> pelley: bob, thank you very much. be watching on sunday when bob's guests o or joh on "face the nation" include republican senator john mccain of arizona. the teachers strike in chicago could soon be over. the school board president says negotiators have a framework for rike begannt. the strike began monday over acher including job security and a teacher evaluation system. ers he teachers approve a deal on sunday, they could be back to work on monday.
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>> reporter: we've been bringing >> reporter: we've been bringing you conversations with the coesidential candidates. during the republican convention, we talked with mitt is week romney. this week we have our interview with the president, and there was a remarkable moment of candor when he told us the sacrifices he makes being president wouldn't be worth it except for one thing. it up wor it. he brought it up while we were him andabout the bitter houslock between him and the republicans who control the house. the folks at home are so concerned about washington's apparent inability to get big things done. >> right. >> pelley: how can you assure ke aamerican people that you are willing to go halfway and make a ave appare with these people ny witou have apparently such to mony with? >> scott, i've got to tell you, there may be acrimony directed wards myme but, you know what? that's not unique towards my
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i'm wiency. i'm willing to go more than halfway. and ghout my displayed that. i think that throughout my political career i've shown not only only an instinct but a desire to 'm not wmon ground. ash educ not willing to do is to slash education spending or healthcare for poor and needy iildren. and the reason i'm not willing ing tothat is because it's not ists wto help the economy grow. ed at ndent economists who have tuoked at it have said this covery, tually slow down the o it wry, it wouldn't speed it up so it wouldn't increase jobs wouldn'w. eliverldn't reduce the deficit. my entire interest is to deliver at are sle-class families out there that are struggling every they are , one of tre working hard and-- r you've beee of the things that isu learn after you've been in , theoffice for a while is the
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pomp, the circumstance, the title, the air force one, all that stuff probably isn't worth the sacrifice with respect to inabtime lost from your family, the inability to just take a wa es it wo go out for a drive. what makes it worth it is when you meet some couple that says "you know what? our kid was able to stay on our health insurance plan and it turns out they were just di ifagnosed with a curable cancer uld if they hadn't stayed on our plan we would haven't caught it." that's what makes it worth it. any ideas that are out there-- republican, democrat, wherever it it's coming from-- if it can help deliver on that, then i'm going to be right there, ready to go. >> pelley: the president's first debate with governor romney comes in 19 days. >> a brushfire has broken out near homes and an art museum in los angeles.
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and giving even more on to others. >> owner of the white house restaurant in anaheim, he had a carefree life, hobnobbing with the most rich and famous in orange county, until his mother came over to visit from italy. and messed up everything. >> as we first reported a couple of years ago, bruno was on the board of the local boys and girls club and he just wanted his mother to see the place. they serve a lot of homeless kids who sometimes go hungry. bruno told his mother this and according to the club director, that was it. >> in italian, i heard her say something to him and he just added raising his eyes saying " mama, mama, >> she ordered brogue to feed all the kids at night. >> 70 or 80.
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>> he said it was a lot of food to give away but mama would not leave the kitchen until he did it. >> it was april 18, 2005. and it has happened every day since. >> although not even his mom expected to do with more than once. bruno has since served a quarter of a million very nice meals. >> here we have some of the most poor children in anaheim and one of the most exclusive restaurants every single night. >> the kids are now by far his favor customers. >> you have to see it to believe it. >> >> if you refinanced your home? how can you keep feeding these kids? >> i cannot stop. >> using that same logic, he now does even more. since our last visit, bruno has gone from feeding, to housing as
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well. this family from the boys and girls club had been living in a motel. the mother, like a lot of working poor, could never save the first and last month's rent to get her own plays which is why bruno has been holding fund- raisers to cover that cost for people. so far, he has made a dream come true for 20 families. and there will be more, in fact bruno says that it will continue helping these families right up until the day he goes to heaven. >> i will go first class to heaven, that is for sure. >> thank you very much! >> steve hartman on the road in anaheim california. >> that is the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i am scott pelly. i will see you sunday on 60 minutes. >> good evening, i am ken
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bastida. >> i am dana king, it was not necessarily what he said but how he said it. mitt romney is under some scrutiny tonight for his definition of the middle-class american. political reporter grace lee on the interview that is getting a whole lot of attention tonight. >> it certainly is, it comes down to this, how much do you need to learn to be middle- class in the united states? there is no technical definition and less apparently you are in politics. mitt romney's criticized for making that income level too high for the middle-class. the interesting part is that he is not even the one that came up with a cutoff point, it was the president to did. >> the fundamentals are my tax policies ... >> in an interview with abc news, mitt romney promised to reduce the tax burden on the middle class. >> no one kenzie my plan will


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